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Lorna A Rhodes
ANTH 368
Seattle Campus

Mythical Figures and Cultural Formations

Anthropological perspective on the social and cultural formation of a variety of mythical figures. Examines their emergence and historical specificity, cultural meaning, and social implications. Emphasizes narrative in considering how contemporary institutions and public perceptions of danger are shaped by notions of "character" and the "monstrous."

Class description

This focus of this course is the "outlaw." We will consider: the Western outlaw as an American figure embodying the dream of autonomous action; the related notion of "character" as it plays out in contemporary criminal justice; and some wider implications of being "outside" the law in the contemporary US.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a small class. There will be some lecture, some discussion and small group work, and several films.

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

Short paper assignments and other guided writing.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lorna A Rhodes
Date: 11/03/2012